Short read: Best art tour ever.
Long read: “You’ve been nailed again, eye-popped. Life has just been adjusted,” as the wonderful Simon Schama puts it. In that same vein (SS again): “Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality.” And on that note – warning? – you are cordially invited to a levee with the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens, Leonardo da Vinci, Van Dyck, Goya, Bosch, Constable, Turner, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh. And in the company of Molly and Margaret. Those two aren’t just “guides” – they’re art historians.
NATIONAL GALLERY TOUR PRACTICALS
The National Gallery Tour takes place every Friday afternoon at 2.15 pm. Meet Molly or Margaret just outside the Villiers Street exit of EmbankmentTube. N.B. The Best Art Tour Ever ends at the National Gallery (of course), in Trafalgar Square. EmbankmentTube and Charing CrossTube and Station are right there. And Leicester SquareTube is very near.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour…” The New York Times
“Molly did a fantastic job as the guide for the tour on the National Gallery. Obviously we did not see the over 3000 pieces in the collection. Instead, our group of 11 got a well constructed, highly knowledgeable look into the history of art and its development over the centuries. Using a well thought out list of key pieces, Molly led us through a wonderful progression of key works. It was definitely 2 hours well spent and made it so much more meaningful to continue one’s own exploration of this magnificent Gallery.” Redlands_CAFoodie Redlands, CA
“This was terrific. Margaret was an informed, interesting and responsive guide. She selected a range of works to highlight developments of western art from the 13th to the 19th century. This was very well presented. It was thought-provoking, enjoyable and very good value.” Jan S. (10 Dec. 2016)
“I’ve been on most of the London Walks and they’re are great way of discovering hidden London. The Ghost Walks are particularly good, Jack the Ripper a classic and the National Gallery really professional.” Dr Gordy Lisburn, United Kingdom
“Best way to see London… London Walks offer the best tour service for absolutely the best price in London. I went on the tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum in the morning and the tour of the National Gallery in the afternoon. Both tours were conducted by the most knowledgeable, informative, and interesting guide called Margaret. She was a delight! Both museums have so much to see that one could be there for days and not see everything. With London Walks, you get to see the highlights and learn about them as you go, without feeling overwhelmed by all of the pieces on display. This was perfect for me, as I was only in the city for less than a week and I wanted to get as much out of the London cultural scene as I could. I definitely felt like I got a great deal out of each of those tours and learned so much from someone who was clearly an expert… I was thoroughly impressed with London Walks and recommend them to everyone I know when they take a trip to the UK.” acp0505 Saint Louis, Missouri
“we thoroughly enjoyed the Magna Carta walk. The basis for law today was very striking and visiting the buildings and gardens for the British legal system lovely. However, our favorites were the Friday tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery. We saw the highlights of both with descriptive information….. so enjoyable.” Jude104 Las Vegas
“You’ll get more out of walking around with these guys… We got SO much more out of the British Museum (Fedra) and National Gallery (Molly) by going with London Walks – they showed us major pieces and TAUGHT us about what we were seeing and why they’re important. This was so much better than just walking through and guiding ourselves. It was informative and relaxing – you can’t always achieve that when sightseeing. They’re also VERY reasonably priced!” Ann7316
“Magical! We have visited London on numerous occasions over the last 30 years and have pretty well covered all the main sights. With a recent stay of two weeks we had the opportunity for something more in depth and London Walks was the answer. We made six walks of the vast menu of possibilities and were not disappointed with any of them or with our guides. The Westminster night walk was magical. The day walks introduced us to hidden neighborhoods, churches, parks, ancient lanes that we had missed in all our previous visits. History came alive as we traced the course of the London Fire or went underground to explore Roman ruins. Also great tours of the National Gallery of Art and the British Museum. The guides were consistently well informed and helpful. The cost was extremely reasonable and there was a senior discount. I Highly recommend London Walks.” robertwford